exam season: top 5 study tips
This school year is finally coming to a close which means two things: exams and stress. I'll be finishing my second year of university, and I've learned a lot of things when it comes to studying these past two years. Sometimes you just need a reminder of important tips to get you on track and prepped to write your exams, so I came up with a top 5 that you can hopefully find useful!
1. Have an organized study space
Get rid of all distractions! Make sure your study space is organized and free of visual clutter. The fewer things around that could distract you, the better! I can study and focus much better when my room and desk space are clean.
2. Take regular breaks
Everyone works at their own pace. Try and find that ideal amount of time that you can productively study for before needing a break. I usually aim for 30-45 minutes of concentrated work before a taking a break. Watch something on Youtube, grab a snack, stretch out and walk around - give your brain a quick rest!
3. Stay motivated
Not everyone is motivated by the same things. I personally have a container full of gummy candies that I use as little "awards" for writing a paragraph of an essay, or studying and memorizing a specific concept. Candy is a great motivator for me. Perhaps you could try something along the lines of "once I read this textbook page, I'll check me phone and send some texts... then back to the books." Find something to motivate you, and use it!
4. Create a plan of attack - and stick to it!
Look ahead to the upcoming due dates or exam times. Then figure out what you need to have read, memorized and studied by when. Spread it all out into a doable schedule. I have a plan for when I want to have novels read by and study notes made for, so that the following days can be spent reviewing those things. Whatever you do, don't cram! Cramming is way too ineffective and the stress of that situation will make you miserable, no doubt.
5. Be healthy
Sleep. Eat. Seriously, as hard as it may be, try and sleep 8 hours a night - you'll thank yourself for it. Also, pay attention to the food you're eating during this busy exam season. Healthier choices will keep your brain sharp. Have water with you when you're studying. And try to avoid anything that comes out of a vending machine.
Study techniques vary depending on what type of learner you are. Try to re-read things, test yourself, explain concepts to another student... whatever works for you. I learn through hearing things, so I like to study at home so that I can say things out loud when I'm studying.
Don't stress! Take some deep breaths!
Good luck with any upcoming school assessments!